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Atheists and Their Capacity for Awe at Life
The emotion of awe is a self-transcendent one, in the sense that the experience of awe entails a feeling of being confronted with something much greater than oneself. Many people think of awe as a particularly religious emotion and therefore seem to assume ...
The emotion of awe is a self-transcendent one, in the sense that the experience of awe entails a feeling of being confronted with something much greater than oneself. Many people think of awe as a particularly religious emoti...
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Cross-post of article originally published on Psychology Today. 
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Cross-post of article from Psychology Today
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"Zeus might be Real!" And the Whole World might be Magic too!
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New York Times published  a bizarre opinion piece by  philosopher Gary Gutting called Did Zeus Exist? With apparent earnestness,
Gutting argues that not only did the ancient Greeks have good reason to believe
in the existence of Zeus (and presumably the...
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Repost of article originally published at Psychology Today
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Is Parapsychology a "Taboo" Subject in Science?
Parapsychology has been a controversial subject from its
very inception. Many scientists have expressed doubts that psi – the broad term for paranormal phenomena such as telepathy,
precognition, and psychokinesis – is real or that parapsychology is a genuin...
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My latest blog post on PT discusses Oprah’s rather ungracious attempt to deny Diana Nyad’s definition of herself. The article discusses some interesting findings on the beneficial effects of experiencing awe. 
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Interesting study
 
The Dark Triad personality: Attractiveness to women 

Gregory Louis Carter, Anne C. Campbell, Steven Muncer

It has been suggested that the Dark Triad (DT) personality constellation is an evolved facilitator of men’s short-term mating strategies. However, previous studies have relied on self-report data to consider the sexual success of DT men. To explore the attractiveness of the DT personality to the other sex, 128 women rated created (male) characters designed to capture high DT facets of personality or a control personality. Physicality was held constant. Women rated the high DT character as significantly more attractive. More- over, this greater attractiveness was not explained by correlated perceptions of Big 5 traits. These findings are considered in light of mating strategies, the evolutionary ‘arms race’ and individual differences.
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Travel really does broaden the mind!
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Psychology graduate with boundless curiosity. I blog on Psychology Today about a range of subjects that interest me. I have a particular interest in personality and intelligence. Scientific controversies are best approached with a level head and a regard for truth over politics or ideology in my view.
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Bungee jumped in Cairns. Parasailed in Austria (much less scary than bungee jumping!). Snorkelled on the Great Barrier Reef.
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    Psychology, 2012
  • University of New England
  • Macquarie University
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“Bigfoot” Samples Yield Opossum DNA
www.the-scientist.com

Supposed Sasquatch samples turn out to be a mix of opossum and other known species, according to a new analysis.

Belief In God Supports Prejudice Against Gays And Atheists
www.psychologytoday.com

Belief in God is a stronger predictor of some kinds of prejudice than dogmatism

Intelligence And Politics Have a Complex Relationship
www.psychologytoday.com

The way political views relate to intelligence may depend on social context

Is Insulting Religion
www.psychologytoday.com

No amount of provocation can excuse violence.

4 Things Pop Psychology Gets Wrong
www.psychologytoday.com

Popular psychology advice that's problematic.

The Secrets Behind Psychology’s Most Famous Experiment
www.psychologytoday.com

What you didn't know about the Milgram experiments but thought you did

» Perinatal Choline Supplement May Lower Schizophrenia Risk - Psych Cent...
psychcentral.com

A new study reveals that babies who received the essential nutrient choline perinatally (before or just after birth) were far less likely to

Porn Stars and Evolutionary Psychology
www.psychologytoday.com

Porn stars may be following unusual but evolved mating strategies.

Troubled Souls: Spirituality as a Mental Health Hazard
www.psychologytoday.com

Spiritual but not religious people have poorer mental health.

The Personalities of Porn Stars
www.psychologytoday.com

What recent research might suggest about porn stars� personality traits

The spirituality of psychedelic drug users
www.psychologytoday.com

Psychedelic drug users may be more "spiritual" than other people.

The Extreme Female Brain: Not So Female After All?
www.psychologytoday.com

Claims linking eating disorders with an "extreme female brain" are debatable.

Are Sex And Religion Natural Enemies?
www.psychologytoday.com

Loving thoughts might increase religious belief, and sexy thoughts decrease it.

Psilocybin and Brain Function
www.psychologytoday.com

A brain imaging study of psilocybin revealed unexpected findings.

Why There Are Sex Differences in General Knowledge
www.psychologytoday.com

Baron-Cohen's theory of empathizing�systemizing may provide an explanation.

Is There Something Wrong With People Who Do Not Use Facebook?
www.psychologytoday.com

Concerns about non-users being maladjusted are unfounded and unfair.

I won’t be visiting Russia any time soon | Blag Hag
freethoughtblogs.com

Three members of Russian punk band Pussy Riot have been jailed for two years after staging an anti-Vladimir Putin protest in a Moscow cathed